by Brent Dirks
May 13, 2013
In the always competitive cloud storage wars, Google has unified the free storage options for Gmail, Google+ photos, and Drive. Google will now offer 15GB of free space for users of the three services. Previously, Gmail users received 10GB of storage while using Drive and Google+ for large photos netted you another 5GB. The Google Drive storage page will soon be updated to allow users to see where their storage space is going. As you can see in the picture, a pie chart will show storage use across the three different platforms. It will also be a place where users can purchase more storage, if needed. The smallest plan offered will gives users 100GB of space for $4.99 per month. I definitely do like the changes, and I think it makes Google’s offerings, and the respective iOS apps, even more appealing. And if you’re like me, the change will be yet another reason to actually clean out my Gmail box instead of letting it fill up with useless junk and gigantic attachments that I never have any use for. All three iOS apps – Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ - are universal for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. Each are free and can also be downloaded now in the App Store for free.